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D.C. Solar Incentives

The nation’s capital is gearing up for a brighter future with its climate and energy plan, Clean Energy DC.1 It plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2032, so you can be sure that they’re taking solar seriously. DC already has a few incentives in place to help households go solar.

Want to see savings fast? Washington, D.C., solar company Sunrun can help you save. Read on to learn how.

Washington DC Solar Incentives, Rebates & Tax Credits

Solar Savings Types Value of Savings
Federal Solar Tax Credit 

30% of the final cost of the solar system

Washington DC Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) Varies depending on market value

**Customer’s ability to monetize rebates, incentives and tax credits depends on several factors, including, without limitation, continued state subsidization of these policies, the applicable Sunrun product type, and whether a customer purchases or leases a solar system from Sunrun.

Solar renewable energy credits or SRECs

Solar renewable energy credits, or SRECs, are another way that DC helps homeowners save on solar.3 D.C. sets a Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS, that requires companies that provide electricity, like your local utility, to get a portion of its energy from renewable sources like solar power. To meet the RPS, electric companies can buy solar credits from home solar systems. Home solar system owners can sell SRECs to an aggregator like SRECTrade, bundling up their SRECs and selling them to the utility.

Federal Solar Tax Credit

On top of DC’s solar renewable energy credits, you’d also be eligible for the 30% federal solar tax credit if you buy your own solar system outright.* Currently, the federal solar tax credit gives you a dollar-for-dollar reduction against your federal income tax equal to 30% of the final cost of solar energy systems you install on your home. Starting in 2020, the tax credit will step down to 26%, and then again to 22% in 2021. After 2021, the tax credit for residential solar ends.4

Solar in D.C. Made Simple

While both SRECs and the federal solar tax credit are great reasons to go solar, they can get complicated fast. Not only that, but the upfront cost of a home solar system can leave a pretty big dent in your wallet. So why not keep things simple and still save big? That’s where Sunrun steps in.

Thanks to BrightSave™ Monthly and Prepaid, you pay for the power, not the panels. For as little as $0 down, you’ll get a Washington, D.C. solar installation while we pass on all the above DC incentives down to you in the form of a low, predictable energy bill. BrightSave also comes with free monitoring, maintenance, and repairs for your solar system for the next 25 years. All you have to do is sit back and soak up the savings. Plus, you’ll still be able to get credits for net metering, which could lower your electricity bill even more.

Looking for a solar company near you? See how much you could save with Sunrun and get your free quote today.

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